Fall 2004 Nevada Wilderness Project Newsletter


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Fall 2004 Nevada Wilderness Project Newsletter

  1. 1. Viva Las Wilderness Viva Las WildernessA Newsletter of the Nevada Wilderness Project www.wildnevada.orgIssue Number 2. February 2004. Our mission is to This issue: protect Nevada’sremaining Wilderness Directors Corner as part of the National WildernessPreservation System, Eastern Nevada Wilderness Update and to create and sustain an enduring TAKE ACTION for Lincoln County Wilderness! grassroots commitment to Nevada Wilderness. Contact Info for Nevadas Congressional Delegation Membership Campaign Success March 2004 Calendar Board of Directors: Stefan Bergill Kim Jardine Kristie Connolly Brett Riddle Chris Todd Morlee Griswold Tori King Staff: Moapa Peak in southern Lincoln Countys Mormon Mountains Proposed Wilderness Photo by Scott Smith © John Wallin Director DONATE to the Nevada Wilderness Project TODAY! Click here Anna Ball Development Director Page 1
  2. 2. Viva Las Wilderness Development Director Erika Pollard Conservation Director Kevin Mack  Washington D.C. Rep. Contact us at: 8550 White Fir Street Reno, NV  89523 Tel:  775.746.7850 Burrowing owl in the Reed Springs Proposed Wilderness in the Mt. Irish Range of Web: northern Lincoln County www.wildnevada.org Photo by Greg Jones Directors Corner: Nevada is a Greatly Misunderstood State With an historic economic foundation of extractive industry and vice, its hard for outsiders to understand the love we have for our land. Although Nevada has the most public land of any state outside Alaska , it has less protected Wilderness than all Western states except Utah and New Mexico . Only 2.06 % of Nevada ’s 48 million acres managed by the BLM is protected asWilderness. By comparison, next door in Arizona , over 12% of lands managed by the BLM areprotected Wilderness.Fueled by growth in Las Vegas , Nevada has been the fastest growing state in the nation for the last15 years. Our rugged and beautiful basin and range landscape is now under threat from haphazarddevelopment like strip malls and sprawling subdivisions. Dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles aretrashing hunting habitat and destroying fragile desert plants and soils.A Wilderness future for Nevada means that our wild heritage will be protected, so Nevadans of thepresent and future can enjoy the camping, hunting, fishing, backpacking, and wild explorationopportunities that make our state the wildest in the lower 48.But what is Wilderness? Legal Wilderness (the National Wilderness Preservation System) ismisunderstood by friend and foe alike. In future issues of Viva Las Wilderness, I’ll be using theDirector’s Corner to break down many of the mythologies and misinformation about Wilderness, andlook at how the Wilderness Act is a great tool for citizen activists to get involved in the democraticprocess.In the meantime, please make sure you write a letter or make a phone call to protect EasternNevada ’s wildlands.John Wallin, DirectorEastern Nevada Wilderness Campaign Update Page 2
  3. 3. Viva Las WildernessLINCOLN COUNTY LEGISLATION IS ON THE WAYWork continues on legislation to address public land issues in Lincoln County . Congress tries to workdeliberately and in the case of legislation for Lincoln County , this certainly holds true.While the Nevada Wilderness Coalition has seen a set of first draft maps that show areas that wouldreceive Wilderness designation, much work remains to be done. While some areas would receiverespectable protection, issues like cherrystems into the Wilderness areas and a lack of representativelow-elevation, bajada type ecosystems continue to concern us. In addition, the dearth of citizens’proposed areas (non-WSA lands) in the legislation at this time, and the complete lack of Wildernessprotection for lands managed by the USFWS and the USFS are troubling.At this point, the delegation is aware of our concerns and we are hopeful that they will address somespecific action items about the draft of the legislation. Specifically, we have asked for some veryfocused improvements in the legislation (see “Take Action”). While addressing these action items willhelp the Wilderness community come to a better understanding of this legislation, it does notguarantee enthusiasm from us or the larger Nevada Wilderness Coalition. The Wilderness componentneeds to be made stronger.We are hopeful however, that with continued grassroots support we will see improvements in theWilderness component of this legislation. Time is of the essence, as the delegation is getting closerto finalizing what they can agree to (likely by mid-March).The question remains what that will mean to us.TAKE ACTION: Lincoln County Wilderness PrioritiesAs Nevadas Congressional delegation continues to craft a Lincoln County public lands bill, we urgeyou all to remind them of your support for Wilderness and the need to protect all of the Wildernessquality lands in Eastern Nevada. In an effort to make sure that some of the most importantWilderness proposal areas from the Nevada Wilderness Coalitions "Citizens Wilderness Proposal forLincoln and White Pine Counties" are included in Lincoln County legislation, we have identified severalpriorities. We need your help voicing these Wilderness priorities to the Congressionaldelegation. Please take a few minutes to write a handwritten letter or make a phone call toSenator Reid, Senator Ensign and Congressman Gibbons asking them to designate the followingpriority areas as Wilderness in Lincoln County:1. The southwestern bajada of the Mormon Mountains Wilderness Study Area2. The Pahranagat Range portion of the Desert Hills-Pahrangat Proposed WildernessScroll down for more info on each of these areas to include in a letter or phone call. Please let usknow when you do send a letter or make a phone call to the delegation by shooting an email toerika.pollard@wildnevada.org. Your voices are critical to this process and we appreciate yourefforts to help us make this legislation a positive step forward for Wilderness protection inNevada! Thank you, thank you!Click here to view a map of the Nevada Wilderness Coalitions Lincoln CountyWilderness Proposal AreasPRIORITY #1: Mormon Mountains Southwestern Bajada Page 3
  4. 4. Viva Las WildernessThe southwestern bajada of the Mormon Mountains Proposed Wilderness requires Wildernessdesignation because of the important habitat it provides for the threatened desert tortoise, itshigh concentration of cultural resources, its proximity to the quickly growing communities ofMesquite, NV and St. George, UT, the lack of development and mining conflicts, and theopportunity to provide a non-motorized recreation experience in a low elevation areaaccessible to visitors and local residents. In addition, the proposed Coyote Springsdevelopment will likely lead to dramatically increased ORV pressures/impacts in this area.Click here for a detailed fact sheet on the Mormon Mountains Southwestern BajadaPRIORITY #2: Pahranagat Range Page 4
  5. 5. Viva Las WildernessThe BLM portion of the Desert Hills-Pahranagat Proposed Wilderness is a mosaic of canyons,peaks and ridgelines home to an array of archeological resources and sensitive wildlifehabitats. Road building in the area has lead to increased pressure from ATVs and off roadvehicles that threaten the area’s Wilderness characteristics.Click here for a detailed fact sheet on the Pahranagat Range CONTACT INFO FOR NEVADAS CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATIONSenator Harry Reid Representative Jim GibbonsCLICK HERE FOR EMAIL LINK CLICK HERE FOR EMAIL LINKCarson City Las Vegas600 East Williams Street, #302Carson City, NV 89701 600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 680Phone: 775-882-7343 Las Vegas, Nevada 89101Fax: 775-883-1980 Phone: 702-255-1651 Fax: 702-255-1927Las VegasLloyd D. George Building Reno333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, # 8016 400 South Virginia Street, # 502Las Vegas, NV 89101 Reno, Nevada 89501Phone: 702-388-5020 Phone: 775-686-5760Fax: 702-388-5030 Fax: 775-686-5711Reno Elko400 So. Virginia Street, # 902 491 4th StreetReno, NV 89501 Elko, Nevada 89801 Page 5
  6. 6. Viva Las Wilderness ,Phone: 775-686-5750 Phone: (775) 777-7920Fax: 775-686-5757 Fax: (775) 777-7922Rural Nevada Mobile Office Washington D.C.Phone: 775-772-3905 100 Cannon House Office BuildingFax: 775-201-6010 Washington D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-6155Washington Fax: 202-225-5679528 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510Phone: 202-224-3542 Representative Shelley BerkeleyFax: 202-224-7327 CLICK HERE FOR EMAIL LINK Las VegasSenator John Ensign 2340 Paseo Del Prado, Suite D-106 Las Vegas, NV 89102CLICK HERE FOR EMAIL LINK Phone: (702) 220-9823 Fax: (702) 220-9841Carson City Washington DC600 East William St., # 304 439 Cannon House Office BuildingCarson City, Nevada 89701 Washington, DC 20515Phone: (775) 885-9111 Phone: (202) 225-5965Fax: (775) 883-5590 Fax: (202) 225-3119Las Vegas333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, # 8203Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Representative Jon PorterPhone: (702) 388-6605Fax: (702) 388-6501 CLICK HERE FOR EMAIL LINKReno Henderson400 So. Virginia St. #738 2501 N. Green Valley Pkway, #112DReno, Nevada 89501 Henderson, NV 89014Phone: (775) 686-5770 Phone: 702-387-4941Fax: (775) 686-5729 Fax: 702-434-1378Washington Washington364 Russell Senate Building 218 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510 Washington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 224-6244 Phone: 202-225-3252Fax: (202) 228-2193 Fax: 202-225-2185TDD: (202) 224-7638Membership Campaign Success! Page 6
  7. 7. Viva Las Wilderness Last May, we kicked off our new membership campaign with a goal of finding 250 members by the Project’s 5th birthday in May 2004. Five months prior to the date we set for ourselves, we entered the New Year meeting and exceeding our 250 member goal!! We asked and YOU answered! As members, you are critical to our success, and your generosity is enabling us to continue protecting Nevada’s stunning Wilderness heritage. You have funded our efforts, participated in the democratic process of protecting Wilderness, and helped save more than 1.2 million acres as permanent and legal Wilderness in Nevada. We have many exciting opportunities in 2004 and we look forward to engaging you to continue to participate in protecting our public lands. We’ll keep you posted on events, house parties and slide shows coming your way this year, including slide shows on the East and West Coasts, as-- Anna Ball, well as Colorado. Together, you all stepped up and enabled us to reach ourDevelopment membership goal for the year, five months early! Can we double our goal by theDirector Project’s 5th birthday in May? 500 members by May is possible, but not without your help. Give a gift membership to your friends and family today. Or send your loved ones our way and enable them to also be a part of history in the making, as we continue to protect Wilderness in an otherwise bleak environmental era! www.wildnevada.orgIf you are interested in hosting a fundraising house party for the Nevada Wilderness Project, please letus know! Its easy, its fun and its a great way to raise awareness and funds for NevadasWilderness.Contact us at info@wildnevada.org or give us a call at 775.746.7850.TO ORDER A "FABULOUS WILDERNESS" ORGANIC COTTON T-SHIRTAND DONATE TO THE NEVADA WILDERNESS PROJECT,  CLICK HERE! Page 7
  8. 8. Viva Las WildernessMarch 2004 Calendar:March ?Stay tuned for a potential impromptu gathering at the Record Street Cafe near UNR in Reno to discuss theupcoming Lincoln County Public Lands Bill introduction. Date and event dependent on the introduction ofthe bill to Congress sometime during March. Keep your eyes open for an email invite!March 30WILDERNESS VOLUNTEER HAPPY HOURPlease join the Nevada Wilderness Project and the Nevada Wilderness Coalitionfor a happy hour/volunteer night on Tuesday, March 30, 2004 from 5:30 to 8:30p.m. at the Great BasinBrewery in Sparks. Come hear about the latest happenings with Wilderness in Eastern Nevada, learn abouthow you can help and meet new folks interested in protecting our wild places. Tuesday nights are "TightwadTuesdays" at the Great Basin Brewery with $2 pints o beer, so come on down and join us!Not interested in drinking beer? Come anyway for a soft drink and a good wilderness lovin crowd.For directions, check out the brewery website at www.greatbasinbrewingco.com .Help Protect Wilderness while giving and drinking organic coffee!Grounds for Change will donate 15% of all sales fromorders placed via this link to Nevada WildernessProject.Grounds for Change is a family owned and operatedcoffee roasting company offering certified fair trade,organic and shade grown coffee from communitiesthroughout Latin America and the Pacific.They offer great gift packages including coffee,organic chocolate, handicrafts from around theworld, and more.Click here or on the Grounds for Change logo tobegin. Page 8